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Finding Aid to the Philip Cary Jones Papers, bulk 1952-1978

Finding aid prepared by Loni Shibuyama, (c) 2013

Processing this collection has been funded by a generous grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Summary Information

Repository
ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
Creator - Creator
Jones, Philip Cary, 1904-1983
Title
Philip Cary Jones papers
Collection no.
Coll2013.103
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1952-1978
Date [inclusive]
1921-1983
Extent
1.4 linear foot., 1 archive box + 1 archive carton.
Language
English
Abstract
Meeting minutes, correspondence, scripts, theater publicity material, photographs, clippings, manuscripts, notes, sheet music, and equity theater administrative records, bulk 1952-1978, from gay actor, director and stage manager Philip Cary Jones. The bulk of the collection documents Jones' role as chairman of the Equity Theatre Project, a group of Los Angeles actors who formed in 1952 in an attempt to create a Los Angeles chapter of New York's Equity Library Theatre. Equity Library Theatre West was founded in 1961.

Preferred Citation

[Box/folder #, or item name] Philip Cary Jones papers, Coll2013-103, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

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Biography

Philip Cary Jones was a gay actor, director and stage manager who worked in theater, on- and off-Broadway, for over 50 years. Born in 1904, Jones' first professional acting role came in 1922 working in summer stock with Jane Darwell. From the 1920s through the 1940s, Jones worked mostly on the east coast, with people such as Lunt and Fontanne, Walter Huston, Dame Edith Evans and Eva Le Gallienne. "His stages ranged from the posh theaters of Broadway to the makeshift auditoriums converted to drama houses for the Works [Progress] Administration during the Depression." Jones moved to Los Angeles, where he became associate director of the Pasadena Playhouse from 1952-1955. He continued to work as a stage manager and director at the Shakespeare Society and Theatre 40, and he was a producer and board member for Equity Library Theatre West. He was also a longtime member of ONE Incorporated. Jones died of cancer at the age of 80 in Los Angeles, 1983.

Source:

Box 1, Folder 1, Philip Cary Jones papers, Coll2013-103, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

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Scope and Contents

The collection includes meeting minutes, correspondence, scripts, theater publicity material, photographs, clippings, manuscripts, notes, sheet music, and equity theater administrative records, bulk 1952-1978, from gay actor, director and stage manager Philip Cary Jones. The bulk of the collection documents Jones' role as chairman of the Equity Theatre Project, a group of Los Angeles actors who formed in 1952 in an attempt to create a Los Angeles chapter of New York's Equity Library Theatre; as well as scripts and publicity material from other theater companies in which Jones was involved. The collection also includes some personal papers from Jones, including resumes, school publications, writings, daily calendars, photographs and theater programs with his credits.

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Arrangement

Two folders, one with Philip Cary Jones' biographical information and one with photographs, are at the beginning of the collection. The remaining folders are arranged chronologically with undated materials at the end.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
(c) 2013
909 West Adams Boulevard
Los Angeles, California, 90007
(213) 821-2771
askone@usc.edu

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open to researchers. There are no access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the ONE Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives at USC Libraries as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

Acquisition

Date and donor of acquisition unknown.

Processing Information

Formerly box #103-066. Collection processed by Loni Shibuyama, October 2013.

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Related Materials

Related Materials

Video recorded interviews with Philip Cary Jones were conducted in 1983 by Jim Kepner and Pat Rocco. Refer to call numbers VV0342, VB0013, VB0010, and VDD0195 in ONE's audiovisual collection.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Actors' Equity Association.
  • Equity Library Theatre West.
  • Pasadena Playhouse.

Genre(s)

  • Minutes
  • Programs
  • Scripts (documents)

Subject(s)

  • Gay actors--United States
  • Labor unions
  • Theater

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Collection Inventory

Series 1:  Philip Cary Jones papers 

Box Folder

 Biographical information and theater credits circa 1953-1983 

1 1

 Photographs and headshots 1945-1982   3 color photographs and 26 b&w photographs.

1 2

 Hartford Public High School 1921 

1 3

 Camp Andover 1923 

1 4

 "Our Voice," published by the Thirteens of the Little Red School House December 1940 

1 5

 Clippings 1941-1954 

1 6

 Daily calendars 1943-1948   [2 folders]

1 7-8

 Correspondence 1972-1978 

1 9

 Layman, Paul, manuscripts 1950 

1 10

 Equity Theatre Project 1952-1955 

1 11-40
Box Folder

 General 1952 

1 11

 Attendance 1952-1953 

1 12

 Correspondence 1952-1954 

1 13

 Executive committee, pro-tem 1952 

1 14

 Executive committee, including the West Coast Advisory Council 1952-1954   [3 folders]

1 15-17

 General membership "Friday morning" meetings 1952-1953 

1 18

 Los Angeles branch; New York and Chicago set-up 1952 

1 19

 Membership 1952-1953 

1 20

 Name and contact lists circa 1952-1954 

1 21

 Organization set-up 1952-1953 

1 22

 Plan 1952-1953 

1 23

 Play lists circa 1952-1955 

1 24

 Play production committee 1952-1953 

1 25

 Play scripts circa 1952-1955 

1 26

 Application forms for productions 1953 

1 27

 Booking 1953 

1 28

 Casting applications 1953   [4 folders]

1 29-32

 Contract and negotiating committee 1953 

1 33

 Dear Brutus 1953 

1 34

 Financial records 1953-1954 

1 35

 Guest book 1953 

1 8

 Kreingel, Leo, resume circa 1953 

1 36

 Ned McCobb's Daughter 1953   [2 folders]

1 37-38

 Public relations committee reports 1953 

1 39

 Volunteer list 1953 

1 40

 Pasadena Playhouse 1952-1955   8 b&w photographs.

1 41

 Actors' Equity Association circa 1962-1964 

2 1

 Actors' Equity Association, pay TV committee 1962-1964 

2 2

 Equity Library Theatre West circa 1962-1966 

2 3

 Los Angeles County Fair booth 1963 

2 4

 Shakespeare Society of America 1968-1976 

2 5

 Masquers Theatre 1973 

2 6

 Los Angeles International Film Exposition 1974 

2 7

 Theatre 40 1976-1977 

2 8

 Handwritten notes undated 

2 9

 Miscellaneous theater flyers undated 

2 10

 Script and production breakdown, untitled screenplay by A.C. Stephen undated 

2 11

 Script and production schedule, The Indians Are Coming undated 

2 12

 Script, She'd Married a Moor undated 

2 13

 Scripts, annotated undated 

2 14

 Sheet music, annotated undated 

2 15

 Sheet music "Yellow Jacket," annotated undated 

2 16

 Unidentified photograph (photocopy) undated 

2 17

 Untitled drawing undated 

2 18

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